If there was any doubt there was pent-up demand to see the UFC live in the U.S. even during a pandemic, Friday proved the doubters wrong.
Dana White tweeted that April 24th's UFC 261 at the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, sold out 15,000 tickets "in minutes" Friday -- one of the fastest in company history. He also said the show will set an arena record for highest gate revenue.
The show features three title fights, headlined by a rematch featuring welterweight champion Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal; a highly anticipated fight between strawweight champion Weili Zhang and Rose Namajunas; and dominant flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Andrade.
The event will be the organization's first on U.S. soil with fans since last March's UFC 248 in Las Vegas, Nevada. There were several thousand fans in attendance during their January run at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi which included the Dustin Poirier-Conor McGregor rematch at UFC 257.
UFC will soon put tickets on sale for another fully ticketed event: UFC 262 at Houston, Texas' Toyota Center, headlined by Michael Chandler vs. Charles Oliveira for the vacant lightweight title. The venue/city has historically been among the company's best for revenue outside Las Vegas.
The next three UFC events are still scheduled for their Apex facility in Las Vegas.